How can we not know of ‘Asim bin Thaabit Al-Ansari ? May Allah be pleased with him…
A distinguished companion of the Prophet, salah allahu ‘alayhi wa salam, and a man who was given a unique virtue. When a righteous slave keeps the convenant with Allah, He will in turn prevail and protect him.
To begin with, ‘Asim bin Thaabit was a hero amongst the Ansar. His sister, Jamila bint Thaabit, is ‘Umar bin Al-Khattab’s wife. He fought with valor during the battle of Badr and Uhud. He managed to kill some of Quraish foremost leaders and sons during the battles. During Uhud, he was one of the loyal companions who stayed firm with the Prophet, salah allahu ‘alayhi wa salam, against the mushrikeen. The disbelievers later vowed revenge against ’Asim and put a ransom on his head so that to drink wine from it.
The Prophet, salah allahu ‘alayhi wa salam, sent a sariya, or spies, comprising 10 men to fetch news and selected ‘Asim bin Thaabit to be their leader. On their journey, and the area between ‘Usfan and Makkah, they were surrounded by 200 archers from the Kufaar who had followed them. The Muslims retreated to a high point to defend themselves. The kuffar promised them safety if they came down from the hill. ‘Asim refused protection from the Kufaar, and knew there pledge wasn’t to be trusted. He said, ‘O Allah, convey our news to your Prophet’ and then he fought bravely! He threw arrows and fought with his sword honorably all the while being largely outnumbered. While in battle he said, ‘O Allah, the same way I have protected your deen during the day time, protect me during the night time’. He refused to give up and continued fighting until he was martyred.
The news soon reached the Kufaar that ‘Asim had died. This was their chance to get the head they were desperately seeking and to avenge the death of their sons. But did Allah allow them to reach him?
…when they arrived his body was guarded by a swarm of WASPS, resembling a shady cloud, which Allah had sent to hover over his body and protect it! Thus, they couldn’t cut anything of his flesh.
[This story can be found in Al-Bukhari, and mentioned in Riyadh Al-Saliheen]
Would you like to earn the following reward?
1) The reward of freeing ten slaves
2) 100 good deed will be written on your account, and 100 sins will be deducted
3) A shield from the Shaytan until nightfall
4) Nobody will be better than you except who has said it more than you
The Prophet, salah allahu ‘alayhi wa salam, said:
wahdahu la sharika lahu
Lahul mulk wa lahul hamd,
wahua `ala kulli shayin qadeer
لا الله الا الله و حده لا شريك له الملك و له الحمد و هو على كل شئ قدير
one hundred times will get the same reward as given for manumitting ten slaves; and one hundred good deeds will be written in his accounts, and one hundred sins will be deducted from his accounts, and it will be a shield for him from Satan on that day till night, and nobody will be able to do a better deed except the one who does more than he.